University Women of Cambria
🌷 April Newsletter 2022 

"Any Idea that keeps anybody out is too small."
Mary Mcleod Bethune
Civil Rights Leader-Teacher-College President

March Event-
The Scarecrow Demonstration Workshop presentation on March 21st taught us all that we shouldn’t be daunted by the thought of contributing to the production of scarecrows for our world renown Cambria Scarecrow Festival. 
Our presenters, Chris Fischer and Tish Rogers, showed us how each of us can contribute to this creative process without having to be artists or experts.  Their free workshops help volunteers to identify how they can participate and have fun in the process.  Once you are introduced to some of the simple scarecrow making techniques, you too, can help assemble these colorful beacons to our businesses and walkways of Cambria and San Simeon.   This endeavor has put Cambria/San Simeon on the map and drawn thousands of tourists to our lovely city.  As they say, it takes a village, all of us can do our part.  University Women of Cambria has been invited to decorate their own scarecrow to publicize our organization.  To contact the organizers of the festival, go to

Proposed bylaw changes-
Keeping in mind the wise words of the civil rights leader, Mary Mcleod Bethune, “any idea that keeps anybody out is too small”, and her decision to establish a college under the conviction that education was essential for racial equality; we are hoping to make our organization more inclusive and supportive of equity and diversity in our membership, by proposing changes to our bylaws.
 We quote our former UWC President, and current board member, Donna Crocker, who has expressed the following sentiments regarding these changes. 

(Donna’s words)
“We need Cambria men and women who did not have the opportunity to go to, or complete college, to form our village of supporters, making sure the next generation of boys and girls do have the opportunity.”
“I am proud that I can see that my peers, without degrees, are just as capable of inspiring students towards higher education.  In fact, their stories of struggle are most relevant and compelling for our youth.”

With those sentiments in mind, we hope our membership makes the decision to change our bylaws to reflect our progression toward broadened representation in our membership that truly reflects the diversity of our community.
Click here for Proposed ByLaw changes


UWC luncheon- April 18
National award winning and best-selling author, Mara Purl and Linda Wilson, the director of the production, Becoming Julia Morgan,” will take us on a journey into the life of Architect, Julia Morgan.  The play was written by Belinda Taylor and will be performed on the stage at Cambria Center for the Arts later this year.  This is timely, as Cal-Poly is hosting a special exhibit: Julia Morgan, Architect: Challenging Convention,” in the University Art Gallery through April 30.  Mara’s books take place in a fictional place, Mitford-Haven on the Central Coast, mostly in Cambria! She is a charming and knowledgeable presenter who has studied Morgan for many years.
Please join us on Zoom for this exciting event!

For the first time Re-entry Scholarships have added to our UWC scholarship funding allocations.
Based on the generous donation from UWC member Louise Mazerov, in honor of her godmother, Dolores Johnson, we have awarded 4 UWC Dolores Johnson Re-entry Scholarships at $1,500 each.  These will be presented at a separate ceremony on June 20 to be held at the grounds of the Cambria Historical Museum.

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  26 scholarships for Coast Union and Leffingwell graduates will be awarded at a combination Zoom(recipients) and live audience (UWC members) at San Simeon Bar and Grill on May 16.

Lots to celebrate this year!

Requests for Donations-
This year we are doing something a bit different to raise money for the 2023 scholarships. The main fundraiser will be the Handmade & Local Holiday Kickoff Online Auction held November 7 - 18, 2022. We are starting the process of securing donations for the event. Please reach out and let me know if you are interested in submitting handmade, local, or just fun items to the auction. Your (or your friends') quilts, pottery, paintings, floral arrangements, handicrafts, baked goods, creative expressions, local wine, local fun, are all needed and appreciated! Think outside the box, have fun, be creative, and DONATE! 

We also will still need donations for the meeting raffles.
Please contact Shannon Sutherland with any questions.
Thank you for supporting UWC!

Thank you,
Your Co-Presidents, Avril Allan & Penny Johnson

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UWC April Newsletter 2022

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